Abigail Folger - an heiress to a coffee fortune and a victim of the Manson Family. Born in 1943, Abigail was the great-great-granddaughter of J. A. Folger, the founder of Folgers Coffee. Until 1967, two years before hear death, she lived the rather cloistered life of an upper-class San Fransisco debutante. Then, she decided to move to New York, where she got a job in a bookstore and met Wojciech Frykowski, a friend of the novelist Jerzy Kosinsky. They started to date, and soon moved to Los Angeles, where Folger got involved in charity work and in the Los Angeles 'beautiful people' countercultural scene. Befriending Sharon Tate, wife of Roman Polanski, she started to bcome a frequent visitor to the Polanski's house where, on 8 August 1969, several members of Charles Manson's 'family'-styled cult attacked the Polanski residence, killing several people. Abigail Folger and Wijciech Frykowski were among the victims.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Abigail Breslin - an American actress known for a precocious seriousness in the profession. Born in 1996, Abigail's first major role was in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, where she experienced the horrors of being Mel Gibson's on-screen daughter. By far her most acclaimed role was in the film Little Miss Sunshine, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (due to the fact that child actors are never seen as main actors for whatever reason). The recent announcement that she would play Helen Keller in a Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker caused some controversy in that a deaf or blind actress was not considered for the role.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa – by some definitions, the current claimant to the throne of Hawai'i. This is all very confusing. Of course, Hawai'i was once a monarchy, before its abundance of fruit made it necessary for the United States to colonise it. The last Queen of Hawai'i was Liliuokalani in 1893. She was deposed; however, she did have kids, which means her line carries on. The confusing part is that there was a split in the line later on, and now there are two claimants, both named Abigail as it turns out. I don't think either are technically claimants, as neither describes herself as 'Queen on Hawai'i', but the Abaigail in question has done a lot to restore the old Hawaiian palace and continues to be a bit of a figurehead for people who see Hawai'i as a place with a distinct heritage.